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Why Xenoblade Chronicles HAD to look like shit  photo
Why Xenoblade Chronicles HAD to look like shit
by Jim Sterling

This week, Game Informer guest editor Chris "Warcraft" Kluwe confessed that Xenoblade Chronicles wanted to make him punch a kitten. However, it wasn't due to the game being bad, it was due to him loving it, and the resulting frustration that it was on the graphically inferior Wii. 

"The graphics. Dear god, the graphics," he wrote. "I can’t decide whether the technical capabilities of the Wii make me want to projectile vomit or take a 12-gauge to my television, and it makes me angry enough to mail a severed unicorn head to Nintendo’s main office because this game deserves better.

"It deserves better than gasping fish mouths bobbing up and down through beautifully crafted dialogue. It deserves better than jagged edged fuzzy textures comprising a breathtaking landscape set within the body of a fallen god. IT DESERVES BETTER THAN WHAT YOU’VE FORCED THIS GAME TO BE, NINTENDO."

Here's the thing, though. Had the game been on Xbox 360, PS3, or the inevitable Wii U, I don't think it would have been better. In fact, I sometimes fear that the Wii represents the swan song of the Japanese RPG as we know it.

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5:30 PM on 04.10.2012

Live show: Xenoblade Chronicles on Mash Tactics

King Foom is back from PAX East and, with his batteries recharged, he's ready for a "New Release Showcase" today on Mash Tactics. The game this time is Xenoblade Chronicles for the Wii. This highly rated JRPG almost didn't se...

Bill Zoeker

3:00 PM on 04.09.2012

Jimquisition: Cutscenes aren't a failure state

It's become increasingly popular to disparage cutscenes and the games that use them in the past few years. It is argued that interactive art should never force a player to watch a movie and, while there's merit in that, that...

Jim Sterling

12:00 PM on 04.06.2012

So ... who's buying Xenoblade Chronicles today?

The day has finally arrived. After months of campaigning, the fruits of Operation Rainfall's efforts have become ripe for the plucking, as Xenoblade Chronicles releases across North America. So ... who's going to get it? ...

Jim Sterling



Review: Xenoblade Chronicles  photo
Review: Xenoblade Chronicles
by Jim Sterling

Xenoblade Chronicles will be remembered for its controversial release history more than what it does with its story, its gameplay, or anything else. It has had a long and tumultuous past, released as it was in Japan, then in Europe, while Nintendo of America refused to publish it. 

So desperate were American Wii owners for a good Japanese role-playing game, that they founded Operation Rainfall, an organization dedicated to getting Nintendo of America to publish Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, and Pandora's Tower

We may be lacking Pandora's Tower, but The Last Story is confirmed and Xenoblade Chronicles is finally on the horizon. It's safe to say that, in Xenoblade's case, the fighting was certainly worth it.

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Xenoblade Chronicles dated April 6 (also, sweet box art) photo
Xenoblade Chronicles dated April 6 (also, sweet box art)
by Jim Sterling

Nintendo of America seems to be knocking news out of the park today in an effort to draw attention away from the PS Vita. If you're an RPG fan, it might just be working! Alongside announcing The Last Story for 2012, the publisher has also confirmed Xenoblade Chronicles for April 6. 

As well as the date, Nintendo has also revealed some sweet box art for the game. Look at how pretty it is!

Xenoblade is going to see a limited release when it finally drops, available only at GameStop. Still, that's a small sacrifice to finally get a hold of the damn thing.

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10:00 PM on 02.06.2012

Fans get to choose Xenoblade's alternate cover art

For as much as some of us passionately argue over minor issues, game companies sure do like having us vote on things. Nintendo is allowing you to decide what the reversible box art for Xenoblade Chronicles' North American rel...

Jordan Devore



Destructoid's most wanted Wii / Wii U games of 2012 photo
Destructoid's most wanted Wii / Wii U games of 2012
by Jonathan Holmes

There were a few excellent third-party releases on the Wii in 2011 (Bit.Trip Complete immediately comes to mind), but for the most part, last year marked the end of an era for the console. The Wii didn't even get the new Sonic game! When Sonic won't even slum it on your console, you know that it's over.

Still, thanks to a strong first-party lineup, the little white object of hardcore hatred had a pretty great year. There was a small but incredibly high quality library of releases, including The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Kirby's Return to Dreamland, and (in Europe) Xenoblade Chronicles.

Surprisingly, 2012 is looking just as good for the Wii. Depending on your tastes, some may say this year will be even better than 2011 (which isn't saying a lot, but bear with me). Destructoid has been ticking off all our anticipated titles for the coming year, beginning with the Xbox 360 and PS3 lineups, and now Tony Ponce and I are here to tell you which Wii games you should want the most (with a bonus Wii U section for pure overexcited speculation). Let's get this show on the road!

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Rumor: GameStop is helping Nintendo with Xenoblade photo
Rumor: GameStop is helping Nintendo with Xenoblade
by Dale North

This rumor seems to be coming out of left field, so don't put too much stock into it. 

GoNintendo has some information from an anonymous source that says that GameStop reached out to Nintendo to get Xenoblade Chronicles released here. They say that the retailer is actually helping pay for the publishing, too. But, if this is true, they might be regretting that, as the same source says that preorders are not doing well so far.

This alone is a lot to take in, but there's more to butter Wii RPG fans up. This same source says that Nintendo is also interested in localizing Mistwalker's The Last Story, and that it's all hanging on the preorders and sales of Xenoblade Chronicles.

Wow, that's a big lump of rumor. Even if you're not feeling good about its validity, it still couldn't hurt to preorder Xenoblade Chronicles

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8:10 PM on 12.02.2011

The DTOID Show: Xenoblade, Minecraft, and... Tetris?

If you've ever wondered what it looks like when two sick people host a live show together, then look no further. Technical difficulties be damned, today's live taping of The Destructoid Show has explored the boundaries of wh...

Tara Long

6:30 PM on 12.02.2011

Xenoblade trailer confirms British voices for NA release

Nintendo of America put the icing on today's news cake by releasing a trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles. The video confirms that the rather nice British voice cast is remaining, which is hardly surprising considering the fact...

Jim Sterling



Xenoblade CONFIRMED for North America photo
Xenoblade CONFIRMED for North America
by Jim Sterling

Nintendo of America finally did it! After earlier rumors and teasing, it has finally been announced that the looooong awaited roleplaying game, Xenoblade, will be coming to North American Wiis in April 2012. It'll go by its European name, Xenoblade Chronicles.

No word yet on whether it'll be exclusive to GameStop, as rumored before. [Edit: It has BEEN CONFIRMED! GameStop will sell the game as a $49.99 MSRP, exclusively.]

So there you have it. After all the campaigning and shouting, Nintendo finally did it. Now it's up to us to ensure it sells more than twenty-five copies. I would say that's when the real struggle begins!

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9:20 AM on 12.02.2011

Rumor: GameStop to sell Xenoblade in US (Update)

[Update: Nintendo has thrown fuel on the fire, updating its Facebook page with Xenoblade images! The plot thickens] According to a NeoGAF Sherlock, Xenoblade Chronicles will finally come to North America despite Nintendo of A...

Jim Sterling

12:45 PM on 10.24.2011

Reggie Fils-Aime gets swamped with Xenoblade Tweets

Before the weekend, Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime appeared on Twitter but didn't quite get the welcome he bargained on. Last Friday, the meat-flavored executive was spammed with Operation Rainfall Tweets as people...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 08.23.2011

Xenoblade Chronicles seems to be doing okay in Europe

Xenoblade Chronicles launched in Europe last week, and it seems to have had a pretty solid debut. The RPG that Nintendo of America won't localize debuted at number two on the British Wii Charts. If you're thinking that says v...

Jim Sterling

9:20 AM on 08.17.2011

Pandora's Tower, The Last Story coming to Europe in 2012

It has now been confirmed that all three of the three titles Nintendo of America won't publish are coming to Europe, with news with Pandora's Tower and The Last Story will join Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii in 2012.  O...

Jim Sterling